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UN Human Rights chief to visit India

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will arrive in Delhi on Sunday on a two-day visit to India---her first official trip to Asia since assuming office last September.

Ms Pillay arrived in Nepal on March 18 on a five-day visit during which she see first hand one of her organisation's largest country operations, and assess the overall human rights situation in the country following a tumultuous period of its history that has encompassed a civil war and the transformation of the political system from monarchy to republic.

She is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, President Ram Baran Yadav, and representatives of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and human rights defenders, as well as other UN organisations working in the country.

During her stay in India, the High Commissioner will hold discussions on a range of subjects of mutual interest at the local and international levels with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram and other senior officials as well as members of the judiciary.

She is also slated to give a keynote lecture at a function hosted by the National Human Rights Commission.

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